Liverpool Women’s Hospital procures robot to help with gynaecological surgery

Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust has received a new robot to help with complex gynaecology surgery. The Da Vinci X Robot provides robotically assisted surgery, and the 3D vision technology gives clinicians better and more stable pictures of their surgical procedures.

Gary Price, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Robotic assisted surgery will make a big difference for our patients. We are really pleased to have the da Vinci robot at LWH. We will be piloting this system over the next year and our gynaecology and theatre teams are embracing this new innovative technology. As well as improving and shortening recovery times after procedures for patients, the robot will also provide an opportunity for our staff to use cutting-edge treatment and technology – we are all really excited by it.”

It’s hoped the new robot will provide more accurate imaging to help treat endometriosis. On average, it takes a woman 7.5 years to get a diagnosis for endometriosis and the disease is said to effect around one in 10 women.

The most serious cases of endometriosis can lead to damage and possibly impact the chances of reproduction for women, and precision is paramount to removing the lesions that are caused by endometriosis.

Manou Manpreet Kaur, Consultant Gynaecologist at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and a specialist in endometriosis, said: “We have learnt a lot more about this disease but there is still a lot undiscovered. It is important that we all work together to raise awareness.

“Women shouldn’t be afraid to talk to one another about their periods, how they are feeling, as this is how the normal from the abnormal will be revealed. Educating young girls in schools and investing in research too is a key part in helping to look at the different pathways of diagnosis of this disease and to eliminate unrevealed symptoms. The more we can understand, the earlier the diagnosis.”

It’s hoped that the new robotically assisted surgery will shorten the length of operating time, lead to less tissue trauma and less post-operative pain, and lower the rate of complications, as well as low blood loss, a lower likelihood for blood transfusion, and a low rate of conversion to open abdominal surgery.